Hingley Posted January 14 Share Posted January 14 Thinking about the fork lower with the stripped bolt last night and I think I may use a cheap allen wrench and JB weld it into the hole. That should take care of the issue. I really don't want to inadvertently drill into the leg and then have a leak due to the damage. I've drilled out a bunch. The bad head will release before you get anywhere near the fork lower, just use a bit that is slightly larger than the bolt shaft.. And you already have the perfect pilot hole and the extra safety cushion of a thick crush washer. I don't even sweat it anymore when they round out on old forks. The remaining piece in the cartridge unit comes out easily, usually with my fingers. Talk about timing and you guys having the right answer, I finally found some time today to tackle the removal of the front forks on the 99 VFR, and I found that someone before me must have been into the forks as one allen bolt head shows signs of removal and of course I finished the job by totally stripping out the allen head. So it is time for the drill out trick but I have to ask a question. What is the size of drill you guys like?, is the bolt shaft 6mm?, 7mm?, and what is the best cutting drill bit these days, I got a bunch of old crap drill bits here but I think this job deserves better. Looks like it is time for a quality grade set of allen wrenches as well. And while we are at it I am wondering that once I get into the forks is there a way to determine if the original fork springs have been upgraded to aftermarket?, Do aftermarket springs have markings?, stampings?, different coil pattern?? Thanks Guys Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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